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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 08:29 UK time, Thursday, 27 January 2011




Hipstamatic was one of the biggest selling iPhone apps last year. You might not have heard of it but you may well have seen photos taken with it - it lets your phone take pictures which have that old style Polaroid feel making any photo look like a vintage 1970s holiday snap. The slogan is "digital photography never looked so analogue". You can add various over-saturation or discolouration effects to give photos a very retro vibe. Lots of bands like using the effect for their publicity shots, including Summer Camp and The Vaccines.


This exhibition is the brainchild of a guy called Jack Thomas who started the Hipstamatics blog. Anyone who wants to can submit their photos to the blog and this exhibition is the 157 best picked by Jack.


There's a bit of mystery and myth behind the Hipstamatic itself. The App's creators would have you believe that the original Hipstamatic camera was invented in 1982 by the Dorbowski Brothers in Wisconsin who then went on to die in a freak accident but this, it seems, may be entirely made up.


The exhibition is on at the Orange Dot Gallery in London's Bloomsbury, until Feb 13th. If you can't make it there, you can see the photos and many more on the blog.


Roxy Music on Tour


You must have heard, Roxy Music are on tour. The original line-up (sans Brian Eno) are doing an arena tour called 'For your pleasure' over the next couple of weeks. The Glasgow gigs tonight and tomorrow are, I believe sold out, but there are still tickets for Manchester MEN Arena on the 30th, Birmingham LG Arena on the 31st, Nottingham Trent Arena on Feb 2nd and London O2 on the 7th.


It's not cheap (£50 a pop) but if you're a fan, you never know this could be the last time...


Unusual Comedy


A couple of rather alternative comedy acts for you...


Andrew O'Neill is one of the most alternative comedians around. He's a vegan, an anarchist, a metal loving Goth and an occasional transvestite. He also has a steampunk band and does Jack the Ripper walking tours round the East End of London.


All that's not to say that he is style over substance; he's a really good stand up who's been getting better and better over the years, mixing autobiographical material with lots of good gags.


He's on tour at the moment and you can see him tonight (27th) in Ballybofey in Ireland, 28th in Dumfries, 9th Feb in Wolverhampton, 10th Feb in Reading and 12th Feb in Skipton.


And a mention for The Horne Section - I've talked about this once before, it's comedian Alex Horne's attempt to mix the worlds of comedy and jazz, with comedians jamming onstage with jazz musicians. The show's clearly been getting popular as he's now doing a stint in London's West End. He'll be at the Lyric Theatre on Jan 31st, 14th Feb and 28th Feb and in March too.


The 31st gig features Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key, Mark Watson, gagsmith Tim Vine (From Not Going Out) and Oompah Brass (a brass band that plays pop songs). Definitely recommended.



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